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Old 09-17-2007   #1
Aiken, South Carolina
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Looking for advice

I am wanting to purchase a new boat. I am not into tricks or play boats but I do want something that surfs well eddys fast rolls easy and takes heavy water. I tried a Mamba this weekend and a Jefe Granda. I did not get as much time as I wanted in the Granda but what time I did have it felt good. The only thing that I was looking at was the ratchet straps on the seat they look like they might give trouble, has any one had any dealings with them? Also I was thinking about the Remix 69. Any ideas or thoughts would be a big help. Also I started paddling around 1978 around 88 I stoped then after 19 years I want to get back into it. I am 6 ft 2 in and 190 lb. thanks, Mudpuppy from S.C.

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Old 09-17-2007   #2
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Bliss-Stick Mystic

Check out the Bliss-stick Mystic.

Good for your weight/ht. Great heavywater boat. Will surf good. Great company! Must source thru local rep. Just go to their web site to find your's.

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Old 09-18-2007   #3
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I would give the Remix 69 and the Pyranha Burn (large) a try, both boats have the qualities you are interested in. I think the Remix may be a good fit for you since you are used to longer boats. The whole idea behind the Remix was to reintroduce length and speed to the boat market, both have been on a steady decline since the 90's. Then again speed is all relative, and the newer boats are able to do more with less, and the shorter length and increased rocker make modern boats far more maneuverable than anything that was out in the 80's.

The Burn is a great design too (I paddle for Pyranha, but that's my honest opinion). The Burn has a flatter hull and more defined edges than the Remix, which make the boat really snappy in and out of eddys. The edges and flat hull also make the Burn a respectable surfer for a creek/river running boat. As for big water, I think the Burn does very well in this realm, because the hull allows you to 'surf' your way around the river. Displacement-style hulls tend to stick in the water more, which can make them less manueverable in big water. If the edges on the Burn feel too agressive for you, then you might check out the Pyranha Everest, which is coming out soon. It's basically a bigger, longer Burn with softer edges.

Rachet backbands are now pretty standard in kayak outfitting, and I have not had any problems (in the seven or so years that rachets have been used) with my backbands giving way, even after big pitons. If the rachets still make you nervous, you can always carry an extra set along with some zip ties in case one or both of the rachets fail on you in the middle of a run.

Best of luck with the boat hunting and enjoy your return to the sport. This is a good time to get back into it, there a lot of great boats out there. The new designs have really made down river paddling a lot more enjoyable.

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Old 09-18-2007   #4
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Old 09-18-2007   #5
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Thanks to everyone for the advice and keep it comeing. I am going to try to go to the U.S. National Whitewater Center located in Charlotte N.C. in two weeks and try some demos. If any of you want to check this place out go to US National Whitewater Center //// TAKE IT OUTSIDE !!! \\ - Home Thanks again!!!!
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Burn is sick. You may also want to consider demoing an Ammo. I would also recommend the Nomad as an awesome boat for the abovementioned reasons.


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